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The family of Staff Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz, 26, who was killed last week in Afghanistan, watch as his casket is placed into an awaiting hearse by the Washington Army National Guard Honor Guard, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at XN Air at the Spokane International Airport. Stiltz was about six months into a tour of duty in Afghanistan after serving two tours in Iraq, for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan. He died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with artillery fire in Zerok, a town in eastern Afghanistan about 12 miles from the border with Pakistan.

This was a hard photo to take. Even with the invite of the family, shooting someone else’s grief was hard for me. As the casket made its way to the hearse, I keep trying imagine the pain this family was going through. After years of doing this type of photojournalism, some say you can get jaded. I try not to be. By forcing myself to connect to the pain of my subjects, I feel my photography is more honest. I shot this image not because it is a good photo, but because it was a moment when I connected with what I was feeling.¬†After the Transfer Ceremony, I headed off to shoot four more photo assignments. The thoughts of Army Staff Sgt. Stiltz and his family stayed ever-present in my mind. Colin Mulvany/¬© The Spokesman-Review


Found photo: Celebration

December 8th, 2010 Permalink

One of the things I’ve learned over time as a photojournalist is to follow sound to a good photo. Tonight, as I was shooting my first high school basketball game of the season, I heard a loud scream coming from the bleachers. As I swung my camera away from the game action, I spotted student Kendall Vesneske, 17, reacting to a basket by her team. I blasted a burst of five frames from my camera. This is the snap I liked the best. Unfortunately her team lost in the final second of the game, but I still liked this photo for the sheer joy on Vesneske’s face. This is what I like best about photojournalism. The moments are real, raw and at times, full of emotion. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 80-200 mm lens at 6400 ISO Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Shadle Park High School student Kendall Vesneske cheers on the boys basketball team Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.